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The Norway spruce continues to be a popular choice in the UK and is the traditional species for the British Christmas tree. This is the Christmas Tree you will find erected in Trafalgar Square and 10 Downing Street each year. It has the triangular shape, dark green needles, gently drooping branches and a distinctive 'pine' fragrance and it's dense bushy shape is excellent for decorating . Its one slight drawback is that the needle retention is not its strongest point. It does need to be keep well watered and away from direct heat sources to maintain its quality throughout the Christmas period but of course we would recommend this for all Christmas trees.
The Nordmann Fir has gained popularity in recent years due to its excellent needle retention qualities and ability to remain beautiful throughout the festivities. Often described as being non-drop tree, it will retain its needles better than Norway Spruce and is wonderfull long lasting. It has soft, deep green foliage, smooth grey bark and a good triangular shape. The needles when crushed give a very aromatic citrus smell.
The best real Christmas tree for you?
Whilst this is a totally personal decision, a Nordmann fir will be the centrepiece of the Creekside Christmas festivities this year, as we like to start the season early (naturally) and like to ensure that our tree will last until Santa Clause has long come and gone. Having said that, we're not immune to the charms of the Norway Spruce so if we decide to get extra festive this year, we might have to add an additional tree to the fun!
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